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Understanding the Book of MormonA Reader's Guide$
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Grant Hardy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731701.001.0001

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Strategies of Conclusion

Strategies of Conclusion


(p.248) 9 Strategies of Conclusion
Understanding the Book of Mormon

Grant Hardy (Contributor Webpage)

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Of the three major narrators, Moroni is the most likely to use phrases previously employed by other Book of Mormon writers. Actually, as he brings the book to an end, Moroni provides three separate conclusions. In the first he alludes to the words of Joseph of Egypt (as reported in the Nephite record), and then to Nephi's paraphrase of Joseph's words, and then to the writings of his father Mormon. The second conclusion, at Ether 12, offers a Nephite adaptation of Hebrews 11, somewhat anachronistically. And Moroni's final conclusion, the last chapter of the Book of Mormon, is a virtual curtain call which alludes to the farewell addresses of several of the earlier record keepers.

Keywords:   Moroni, narrator, allusion, conclusion, Joseph, Nephi, Ether, Hebrews, anachronism, farewell

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